Monday, February 27, 2017

Save Money With 3 Bulk-Buying Tips!

Over the past decade, bulk buying has significantly increased in popularity, with more and more consumers purchasing large quantities of their favorite household items and groceries from stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club. More recently, Amazon has gotten in on the action with services like Prime Pantry and Amazon Fresh, adding convenient, affordable bulk grocery shopping services to its already impressive list of Amazon Prime features. It has never been easier or more convenient to buy large amounts of what you need most in an effort to save money. But before you run to the nearest big-box bulk shopping center and plunk down your paycheck on a stockpile of goodies, it’s important to know that not all bulk purchases are created equal. Here are 3 tips to make sure you are getting the most out of that membership and receiving maximum bulk-buying benefits with minimum damage to your wallet. 

Keep it Dry
Since the purpose of buying in bulk is to lower the overall cost per unit, you want to make sure you’re only investing in mass quantities of things you’ll actually use. If you are a family of three, for example, the odds are good that you won’t actually get through that entire 8-pound box of strawberries before they start to spoil (unless, of course, you freeze them- more on that later). For this reason, it’s best to stick to the non-perishable grocery items, or dry goods, that can be stored for years at a time. Any household or laundry items, such as detergent, dryer sheets, paper towels or toilet paper, as well as any non-perishable foods like cans of beans, uncooked pasta, and protein bars, fall into this category. Be warned, though- many non-perishable food items still have expiration dates, so it’s best to calculate how many items you actually use in a year before shelling out for a bulk package.

Prior to embarking on your bulk-shopping journey, make sure you have ample freezer space waiting for you at home. This could either mean investing in a deep freezer cabinet, or simply cleaning out your freezer to make space for new items. Either way, when it comes to bulk grocery shopping, your freezer is your best friend. Meats, fruits, veggies and more can easily be frozen and stored for up to a year, giving you the edge on savings. 

Pro tip: Package and freeze your bulk groceries in small amounts; this way if you only want to thaw a small amount at a time, you don’t have to sacrifice the remainder of the frozen food.

Space Out
Much like the aforementioned freezer space you’ll need after a bulk-buying mission, it’s important to have enough storage space in your home to accommodate large boxes and packs of household goods. If you live in a small apartment with little or no cabinet space, or if you don’t have access to a pantry, utility room, garage or basement, you might want to think twice about taking the bulk-buying plunge, unless you don’t mind having a living room with boxes of  tissues stacked up to the ceiling!

Got any more great tips for buying in bulk? Share them in the comments section below.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

What happens when we put a DVD microwave?

Ever wonder what really happens when you put things in the microwave that your mom and dad told you not to ever put in there?

Here at Appliance Factory & Mattress Kingdom, we have done some pretty fun and dangerous experiments to see what really happens when you put different objects in the microwave.

Please don't try this at home.

This episode shows you what it looks like when you put DVDs in the microwave...

Hopefully this video blows up your world with imagination.

What would you want to see put in the microwave? Leave your suggestions in the comments section and we will try it out!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tempurpedic Mattress Material Explained

Corey is here today to share with you information about Tempurpedic mattress material. The memory foam material was originally created by NASA, but Tempurpedic has made improvements to give you the best back support.

Some great features with Tempurpedic mattresses are:
1. Releases pressure points in shoulders, hips, and more.
2. Gives great and consistent back support.
3. Decrease Motion Transfer
4. Replaceable top covers have climate refresh systems.
5. Top covers use moisture wicking material.

Stop by one of our 16 stores to test these features out yourself.

Friday, February 10, 2017

To Steam or Not To Steam

In recent years steam technology in laundry has become the latest sensation. You may be wondering, what exactly does it do? The average consumer does not fully understand or even are aware what the benefits are. Some do not even know that it is an option. Here is an overview of what steam technology can do in washers and dryers:

  • Earth-friendly attributes boosts cleaning power with steam and it requires less water to do the job.
  • Steam washers utilize a combination of water and steam in a variety of cycles to for a better wash for your laundry.
  • Steam boosts the temperature inside the washer drum, causing fibers to relax and more efficiently absorb water, releasing deep-down dirt and stains.
  • Wrinkles are reduced by high-heat steam softening fabrics, which allows wrinkles, deeply embedded during spin cycles, to flatten out.
  • High temperatures will also sanitize clothing by reducing allergens, such as dust mites and pet dander.

  • Steam dryers provide similar benefits to clothing steamers while the clothes remain in the machine
  • Steam setting also removes some resistant odors that wash cycles may not remove also helping to kill bacteria that cause them.
  • Based on that information a consumer can determine now whether or not steam has useful benefits for their situation and laundry needs.

Have we got you hooked onto why you should look into steam technology? Check out the LG
TurboWash Washer with Steam Technology now, but stop by and check out all the other washers and dryers that offer steam technology. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

It's Pizza Time!

National Pizza Day in the U.S.A is on February 9th.  We challenge you to make your own pizza this year in your kitchen. Here are a couple of facts and tips that can help you make your pizza night deliciously exciting!

4 Fun Facts About Pizza
  • On average, 93% of American’s eat pizza at least once a month.
  • Americans eat 46 pizza slices per year.
  • 17% of restaurants in the U.S. are pizzerias.
  • The first pizza in the United States was sold in 1905 at a place called Lombardi’s.

3 Kitchen tips for Pizza Lovers
The average temperatures of ovens in pizza restaurants are set between 700 and 800 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature is greater because they cook at greater volumes and to make the pizzas cook faster. Unfortunately, the average oven in a home kitchen cannot reach that high of a temperature. We recommend setting your oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit when cooking your own pizza.

We suggest using a duel fuel range because the electric oven allows you to set your temperature and keep the heat consistent throughout the oven. This can allow your pizza to be cooked perfectly throughout the whole pizza with an evenly brown crust and tasty melted cheese.

If you make and store your pizza regularly, we recommend having a 4 door French door refrigerator. The Smart Divider is a great feature that makes easier access to things like pizza pies. You can also control the temperature of the Smart Divider. You can either set it as storage for leftover pizza at a refrigerator temperature or you can have it as a place to keep your frozen pizzas handy with freezing temperatures.

Are you ready to test your cooking skills?  We challenge you to make your favorite pizza pie! Submit a photograph of your pizza masterpiece or tell us what toppings you used in the comments section.